Walking in Torridon
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This guidebook contains 52 day walks in Torridon, a remote and much-loved area of the Scottish Highlands. Based around Shieldaig and Slioch, the routes are split into 3 sections: easy walks, long and high level walks and mountain ascents over 2000ft including 9 Munros, and 5 outline suggestions for major ridge walks.
- It is possible to walk in the mountains of Torridon year-round; winter on the west coast is often fairly mild, although equipment is needed for snow and ice; high summer is full of midges
- Shieldaig, Slioch and Torridon
- walks of all grades; most avoid anything particularly difficult or technical
- Must See
- Munros, sea lochs and wilderness!
This guidebook, Walking in Torridon, consists of 52 day walks of differing grades and characters including ascents of 9 Munros. The guidebook is divided into 3 sections, and describes routes for easy walks, long and high level walks and mountain ascents over 2000ft. The walks vary in length between 2 and 14 miles long, with plenty of options to extend routes. The mountain ascents section is divided into north and south sections in order to help with the confusion of the mountain names.
The area covered in this guide includes the area south of Loch Maree and Gairloch, north of Loch Carron and west of Achnasheen. Key summits include Liathach, Beinn Eighe, Beinn Alligin and Sgorr Ruadh. To discover the best of Torridon, a remote and much-loved area of the Scottish Highlands, you need to be prepared to range over heather, grass, rock and marsh, without paths or waymarks. This guidebook will give you the confidence to do so, revealing all the best routes across the landscape with the help of OS maps and sketches.
The terrain differs in each walk, occasional black peat bogs, with miniature cliffs and sullen countenance, can look menacing, but they are easily circumnavigated and, in fact, are often quite hard to walk on. The climbs often involve descending again by the route of your ascent, which builds in a considerable safety factor if you are new to the area and also the comfort and pleasure of returning over familiar territory. This is never boring as the spectacular views are the opposite of what you have enjoyed going up.
- contains OS mapping, inspiring photography and the author's sketches
- practical advice on when to go, accommodation and access in Scotland, as well as information on Torridon's geology and gaelic place names.
Safety on the Hills
When to Go
Feet and/or Metres
Geology and vegetation – Chris Lowe
EW1 The Falls of Balgy and Loch Damh (Shieldaig)
EW2 The Shieldaig Peninsula (Shieldaig)
EW3 West Lodge, Loch Torridon and Loch Torridon Hotel (Shieldaig)
EW4 Coire Mhic Nobuil (Alligin)
EW5 Ardheslaig to Kenmore (Applecross Peninsula)
EW6 Coulin Estate: Loch Clair and Loch Coulin (Glen Torridon)
EW7 Torridon (Fasag) to Inveralligin (north shore Upper Loch Torridon)
EW8 Heights of Kinlochewe (Incheril)
EW9 Toscaig to Airigh-drishaig (southern Applecross)
EW10 The Coire an Laoigh of Beinn Eighe (Glen Torridon)
EW11 The Cold Hollow of Fuar Tholl (from Achnashellach)
LONG AND HIGH LEVEL WALKS
W1 Walk to Coire Mhic Fhearchair
W2 Walk around Beinn Alligin
W3 An Staonach–An Fur Ridge
W4 The Great Corries of Beinn Bhan
W5 Walk round Beinn na h-Eaglaise
W6 Walk to Applecross or around Croic Bheinn
W7 Heights of Kinlochewe and Gleann Bianasdail
W8 An Sgurr (Kishorn)
W9 Seana Mheallan (Glen Torridon)
W10 Three Flowerdale Miniatures: Meall a’ Ghlas Leothaid, Meall na Meine and Meall Lochan a’ Chleirich
MOUNTAIN ASCENTS OVER 2000FT
Liathach and Beinn Eighe
N1 Beinn Alligin
N2/N3 An Ruadh-Mheallan and Beinn Bhreac
N5 Beinn a’ Chearcaill
N6 Beinn an Eoin
N8 Beinn Dearg
N9 Meall a’ Ghuibhais
S1 Beinn Damh
S2 Beinn Liath Mhor
S3/S4 Sgorr nan Lochan Uaine and Beinn Liath Bheag
S5 Sgurr Dubh
S6 Beinn na h-Eaglaise
S7 Beinn Shieldaig
S8 Beinn Bhan and Carn Dearg
S9/S10 Sgurr a’ Gharaidh and Glas Bheinn
S11/S12 Sgorr Ruadh and Fuar Tholl
S13/S14 Maol Chean Dearg and Meall nan Ceapairean
S15 Meall Dearg
S16 Beinn a’ Chlachain and Meall an Doireachain
S17 An Ruadh-stac
S18/S19 Sgurr a’ Chaorachain and Meall Gorm
S20/S21 Carn Breac and Beinn na Feusaige
Major Ridge Walks
Appendix 1 Deer Stalking
Appendix 2 Useful Information
All the routes described are delineated on sections of the Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 maps: 19 (Gairloch & Ullapool), 24 (Raasay & Applecross) and 25 (Glen Carron & Glen Affric), and the appropriate sheet should be carried on every walk. OS Explorer 1:25,000 maps 433 (Torridon – Beinn Eighe & Liathach) and 428 (Kyle of Lochalsh, Plockton & Applecross) also cover the region and are available in laminated form. Harvey’s Superwalker map 1:25,000 Torridon includes Slioch, Beinn Eighe, Liathach and Beinn Alligin. The sketches of some parts of the routes in this book are only intended to add detail not revealed by the maps. All routes described in the text are shown in orange (in many instances these overlie the broken lines indicating stalkers’ paths on the OS maps). Though several routes may appear on the same map each is referred to separately in the text. I have adopted the mountain and place names as printed on the OS 1:50.000 sheets, although there are some inconsistencies. I have also offered approximate phonetic spellings and English translations for certain of the Gaelic names as they arise in the text.
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Chris Lowe – naturalist, photographer, author of Torridon, the Nature of the Place – was born in Oxford in 1947. After 22 years in aviation he concentrated on his nature reserve in Northamptonshire, and his writing. His second book, The Crofters’ Sea, was nearly complete at the time of his death in 2008.View Guidebooks by Chris Lowe
Peter Barton was born in London in 1921 and served in the army throughout the war. He attended a London art school, subsequently studied medicine and dentistry, and became an oral and maxillo-facial surgeon in Oxford. In 1983 he resigned his surgical appointment in order to live and paint full-time in the Torridon region and explore its mountains.View Guidebooks by Peter Barton
Jim Sutherland has been guiding in the hills of North West Scotland for a great many years, and has a love of the hills that can only be born out of a lifetime of learning and getting to know them intimately.View Articles and Books by Jim Sutherland
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